From Strange to Lightyear, Disney’s CinemaCon rundown

(Disney’s 2022 – 2023 slate)

CinemaCon 2022 ran from April 25-28, and has been occurring annually since 2021. Caesars Palace is the home of CinemaCon this year where studios such as Sony Pictures, Neon, Warner Brothers, Disney, Universal, Focus, Paramount, and Lions Gate shared what we can expect to see in theaters over the next few years. 

Disney brought us up to speed regarding their upcoming projects. Now that things are “getting back to normal” in theaters, and movie fans are becoming more and more comfortable going back out into theaters, the studio has been hard at work to bring us entertaining content in order to get our butts back into those seats. 

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Attendees were treated to a full 20 minutes of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness during Disney’s 90 minute presentation. Multiverse of Madness is directed by Sam Raimi and features the return of Dr. Steven Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), aka Scarlet Witch, who are dealing with the ramifications of the sorcerer’s tampering with the fabric of reality in Spider-Man-No Way Home.

The film will also see the return of Wong (Benedict Wong) and Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor). We’re also getting to see the Marvel Cinematic Universe debut of America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez).

The footage shared was a nightmare Strange was experiencing where he was forced to kill the new character Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) in order to prevent the monster they are fighting from taking her power.

He then wakes up and gets dressed up in a suit and goes to a wedding. He’s not going to his own wedding, he’s going to his ex’s wedding. Clearly the two have ended things on good terms, otherwise he wouldn’t be in attendance and the two share a moment of closure after the wedding at the reception. After speaking with the bride we all remember as Christine (Rachel McAdams), Strange had to leave the wedding to battle a tentacled one-eyed creature we have already seen in the trailers aka Gargantos who is wreaking havoc in the city streets.

Just when it seems Strange will fail against Gargantos, the current Sorcerer Supreme, Wong, comes in and saves the day with his magic whip. All of this transpires in front of Christine’s wedding party who were watching from the vantage point of a balcony. 

Chavez is also involved in the epic battle sequence and she reveals that there are creatures combing the multiverse, hunting her, so they can steal her powers and she divulges that she can travel the multiverse herself, but only when she’s really afraid.

Strange tells Chavez about his dream and she tells him that it’s not a dream and that it really happened. They discover that they need to get The Book of Vishaniti, which is in another universe. Wong and Strange deduce that the need magic instead of sorcery and he seeks out Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen). Before Strange meets up with Wanda, we are shown her own dreams where she lives a happy life in the house from Wandavision with her twin boys.

Strange catches up with her outside and the scene we’ve already seen in the trailers occurs, where she tells Strange she’s been expecting him after the events that transpired in Westview and he assures her that he’s not there to discuss that and he asks her what she knows about the multiverse. 

The footage then quickly becomes a montage of the rest of the movie in flashes of what viewers can expect to see on May 6th. 

The official synopsis reads, “In Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.”

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Not to be outdone by Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Disney shared a whopping 30 minutes of the Toy Story spin-off Lightyear!!!

Marvel star Chris Evans introduced Lightyear to an enthusiastic crowd of CinemaCon attendees in a quick video cameo: “I can’t wait for my new movie to land in your theaters this summer. You’ll finally know the story behind Buzz Lightyear. This is an epic thematic experience that has to be seen on the big screen. Thank you so much for your support.”

Disney and Pixar’s Lightyear beams into theaters on June 17, just in time for Father’s day.


Disney dropped some of the most exciting news revealed over the course of the event. Over a decade ago all of our minds were blown by the record-breaking blockbuster James Cameron film Avatar. Since the 2009 film came out, fans have been anxiously waiting for its follow up the sequel, and finally, during CinemaCon, Disney announced that

The much-anticipated sequel debuts on December 16, 2022, with sequels to come on December 20, 2024, December 18, 2026, and December 22, 2028! In addition to the announcement of the release date, Disney also shared the title which is, Avatar: The Way of Water. 

CinemaCon attendees were able to see the full trailer for the upcoming film while wearing 3D glasses. Director James Cameron used a $250 million budget to access state-of-the-art technology so he could create his underwater world for the film.

Fans will be able to see the trailer exclusively in theaters before Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 6, and then online the day after. 

Along with Cameron, Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana, the much anticipated sequel brings back Giovanni Ribisi, Sigourney Weaver, CCH Pounder and Stephen Lang. Those actors will be joined by new faces to the franchise, including Kate Winslet, Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Edie Falco, Cliff Curtis and Jemaine Clement.

In order to properly prepare us for the sequel, Disney has announced that the 2009 film will be remastered and re-released in theaters so we can refresh our memories before viewing the sequel, over 10 years in the making. 

The Way of Water footage was the finale of Disney’s 90-minute CinemaCon presentation, which also showcased exclusive footage from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness; Lightyear, a Toy Story spinoff about Andy’s beloved toy; David O. Russell’s new film Amsterdam and Bob’s Burgers.

The full List of Disney’s releases is as follows:

Thor Love and Thunder July 8, 2022

The Banshees of Inisherin October 21, 2022 

The re-release of Avatar September 24, 2022

Black Panther Wakanda Forever November 11, 2022

Amsterdam November 4, 2022

The Menu November 18, 2022

Strange World November 23, 2022

Avatar: The Way of Water December 16, 2022

The Marvels February 17, 2023

The Haunted Mansion (March 10, 2023)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 (May 5, 2023)

Indiana Jones (June 30, 2023) 

The Little Mermaid (May 26, 2023) 

Ant Man and The Wasp: Quantumania (July 28, 2023)

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